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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Batali’s Eataly may be close to securing a D.C. location

Could Washington become the next outpost for Mario Batali's Eataly? (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)
After some early gloom and doom about not being able to secure a proper location, Mario Batali’s sprawling Eataly concept could be heading to Washington after all.

Jonathan O’Connell reports in Capital Business that Eataly’s local retail agent has narrowed down the search to “three or four locations,” all in the District.

“The most in-demand concept that I have ever seen is Eataly,” said Michael R. Zacharia, senior vice president of retail services for CBRE, who is heading the search in Washington. “I’ve never seen developers clamor for anything like Eataly.”

Zacharia wouldn’t name any of the locations to O’Connell, but that can’t stop us from guessing. Zacharia noted that Eataly needs 60,000 square feet as well as a location that attracts locals and tourists alike. There’s apparently a desire for a rooftop brew pub, too.

I venture that the recent shenanigans at the Shops at Georgetown Park signal something big — like making room for the Italian-themed Eataly, with all its markets and restaurants.

What’s your best guess?

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Categories:  Chefs | Tags:  Tim Carman

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